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Ontario moves to ban paid blood and plasma donations

TORONTO - Ontario is taking steps to make it illegal to pay for blood or plasma donations, saying the move would help protect the integrity of the public blood donor system. The province says it will introduce legislation to ban payments, boost enforcement in case of violations and broaden the requirements for licensing blood collection facilities. It also proposes to amend two regulations so the payment ban takes effect immediately. The provincial government has raised concerns about three paid-donor blood clinics being set up in Ontario.

First patient fitted with Carmat artificial heart dies

By Natalie Huet PARIS (Reuters) - The first patient fitted with an artificial heart made by the French company Carmat has died, the hospital that had performed the transplant in December said on Monday. The 76-year-old man died on Sunday, 75 days after the operation, the Georges Pompidou European Hospital in Paris said in a statement, adding that the cause of his death could not be known for sure at this stage.

Beard transplants latest fad for Brooklyn's hip young men

By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - Young men wearing pork-pie hats, knitted snoods and stylishly drab clothing are crowding doctors' waiting rooms in a burgeoning trend: Brooklyn hipsters seeking beard transplants. Toting photos of perpetually scruffy-faced actors like Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Gosling, an increasing number of men in their late 20s to early 40s are undergoing the procedure that can cost up to $7,000, Yael Halaas, MD, a facial plastic surgeon based in Manhattan said on Wednesday.

Isis shares jump on promising spinal disorder treatment data

(Reuters) - Shares of Isis Pharmaceuticals <ISIS.O> reached a new high on Friday after the company said a mid-stage trial of its experimental treatment for a rare spinal disorder showed that it increased muscle function in children. Isis is developing the drug, known as ISIS-SMN, in partnership with Biogen Idec <BIIB.O>. Isis is a leader in the development of "antisense" drugs, which aim to interfere at the genetic level to regulate formation of proteins.

Nepal gender bias sparks health crisis in young women

Hundreds of thousands of young women living in impoverished areas of rural Nepal have developed a debilitating uterus condition which usually only occurs after the menopause, Amnesty International said Thursday. In a report, Amnesty blamed "ingrained discrimination" for the widespread prevalence of uterine prolapse, a condition which sees the uterus descend into and protrude out of the vagina, with many women falling victim after having to return to work in the fields days after giving birth.

Nepal gender bias sparks health crisis in young women

Hundreds of thousands of young women living in impoverished areas of rural Nepal have developed a debilitating uterus condition which usually only occurs after the menopause, Amnesty International said Thursday. In a report, Amnesty blamed "ingrained discrimination" for the widespread prevalence of uterine prolapse, a condition which sees the uterus descend into and protrude out of the vagina, with many women falling victim after having to return to work in the fields days after giving birth.

Monkey think, monkey do: experiment could lead to paralysis cure

Scientists working on a paralysis cure said Tuesday they had demonstrated how a monkey can use only its thoughts, transferred by electrodes, to manipulate a sleeping fellow primate's arm to do its bidding. The lab experiment, in which a fully sedated Rhesus monkey's hand moved a joystick to perform tasks at the other monkey's command, was designed to simulate full paralysis -- the brain completely disconnected from the muscle it seeks to control.

More injuries on Extreme Park cross course

By Nick Mulvenney ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Two of the first six riders in Sunday's opening snowboard cross seeding run were taken away on stretchers after falling heavily, causing concern a day after Russian freestyle skier Maria Komissarova was seriously injured on the same course. Komissarova underwent more than six hours of spinal surgery at Krasnaya Polyana Hospital Number 8 on Saturday after breaking her back in a crash during training for the women's ski cross at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

Mother's milk made to order for boys or girls

Mothers may say they don't care whether they have a son or a daughter, but their breast milk says otherwise. "Mothers are producing different biological recipes for sons and daughters," said Katie Hinde, an evolutionary biologist at Harvard University. Studies in humans, monkeys and other mammals have found a variety of differences in both the content and the quantity of milk produced. One common theme: baby boys often get milk that is richer in fat or protein -- and thus energy -- while baby girls often get more milk.

Chanel No. 5 at stake as EU sniffs out allergens?

Europe's grand old perfume houses and organic cosmetic newcomers may be looking at a major clean-out as the EU sniffs out ingredients blamed for skin allergies in up to 15 million people. A report by the EU's Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) found three allergens -- HICC and moss extracts atranol and choroatranol, which give a woody bouquet such as that in Chanel No. 5 -- were "not safe", the Commission said. The three have been implicated in thousands of allergy cases, especially eczema, and should be banned from cosmetic products, it said.
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